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Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time to remember those who have passed, and to celebrate their lives. It's a happy holiday that might not be as macabre as it seems -- and for many, it's a chance for healing.

Dia De Los Muertos
The holiday dates back to more than 500 years ago. At that time, the Spanish conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, and they saw native peoples performing rituals that seemed to mock death. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, native customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints' Day on November 1. 

For the indigenous peoples of Mexico, there was no separation between life and death. You were in the afterlife what you were in your earthly life. And Dia de los Muertos, as it has come to be called, celebrates the people we love who have moved on to the afterlife.

If you're interested in the holiday, here's how you can take part:

Build a Dia de los Muertos Altar
Altars are built to honor beloved friends and family members who have passed. They are often placed on a small table covered with a brightly colored tablecloth. All items that were important to the person in life are placed carefully on the altar, amongst photos and candles, in order for the celebrant to best remember that person as he or she was in the flesh. Altars always feature water to symbolize life, salt to cleanse and bread to nourish.

Bake Pan de Muerto
This sugary-sweet bread is a popular Dia de los Muertos treat that is traditionally consumed by all who participate in the festivities. It's often placed on the altars as well. The Pan de Muerto is shaped into a large loaf, and extra dough is fashioned into "bones." The bread is baked, glazed and decorated with colored sugar.

Decorate with Marigolds
Marigolds are the official flower of Dia de Los Muertos. They are placed around the home leading to the altar, to help guide the dead. Their orange and yellow colors symbolize light and warmth. 

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